Thursday, May 25, 2017

What You May Not Know About God...and Probably Should

Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker





The New Thought spiritual path and how it relates to God


“The word ‘God’ is not found in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin Bibles. The word seems to be derived from old Indo-European languages, particularly Persian and might possibly derive from Pagan sources.” (Wikipedia)

I'm a New Thought minister, counselor, practitioner and teacher. Usually, when I tell folks that, the first questions they ask are:

What do you believe about God? And, Do you believe in salvation, heaven, and hell?

Well, the second question answer I'll save for another post. In this one, I will share what I believe and what many, though not all, people within the New Thought family believe when it comes to God, or Spirit, or Source.

The biblical God has been a source of disagreement for centuries. The word “God” is not even a proper noun. It’s a title, a symbol applied to an enigma: a loving, caring Father, as well as a vengeful, jealous and seemingly power hungry dictator. The Old Testament refers to Him as YHWH (the Tetragrammaton), which is not a name; rather, it's a sacred Hebrew reference to the Unnameable, the Ineffable, the Invisible, deliberately left without vowels to make it unpronounceable.*  

To name is to define, and hence, limit by the definition. It is for that reason the God of the Torah (first five books of the Old Testament) remains nameless.

When New Thought communities speak of God, they are usually referring to:

Monday, May 22, 2017

How to Create a Whole New Mindset in 10 Simple and Powerful Steps (The Better Thinking Series - Introduction)

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker




Better Thinking
(A 10-part Series)
See all Series post titles and links below.


Introduction

 The quality of your thinking determines 
the quality of your life!


Thinking...

You’ve been doing it all your life. It's served you well or you wouldn't be here, reading this. Yet, when you learn to think in better, more powerful and meaningful ways, you change not only yourself, but the world around you. You’ve been thinking in habitual patterns. Change the patterns of thinking and a new world opens for you. When your mindset changes, your life changes.

My dad used to say that his life was destined for failure. No matter how much we tried to talk him out of it, he clung to that view. Consequently, he subconsciously acted out in ways that proved he was right...to himself. Even though he had a great family, never let his kids go hungry or without a roof over their heads, still he left this world thinking he was a complete failure. He wouldn't change his mind. He didn't know how.


All it takes is a small shift...

Water boils at 212 degrees but not at 211 degrees. Just one degree of shift in thinking can make you fairly sizzle with new life, new joy, new appreciation! 

Hey, wait! 

You may be thinking "It’s too difficult, too time consuming, too unrewarding, too late to change my thinking. I'm set." But it's only in the changing of your habitual thought patterns that life takes on a new glow. The miraculous shows itself. And that, ultimately, is what physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth is all about

When you apply the principles in this series of posts, you'll begin to change the following ways of thinking. . .

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Words of Mouth: What Are You Affirming?


By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker


Gold is more than just shiny metal, you know!

Are the usual 'prosperity affirmations' just so much fluff? 

Books by the hundreds, maybe thousands, tell you how to get what you want, manifest this and that, create overflowing abundance, grab the gold, strike it rich, healing your body, mind, and spirit. Some are pretty good, too.

I've read nearly all of them over the past 35 years or so. Have they helped? You damn right they have. But not in the way you might expect.

After all the reading, researching, practicing, meditating, levitating, migrating, and aggravating, I came to the realization that I was making it way too difficult. So, I dumbed it all down for myself and that's when some good change, some not-so-scary or overwhelming change began to slowly ooze into my experience. I share with you here how I made it all happen.

Healthy TIPS for Manifestation

‘Everything we do is driven by the desire to feel a certain way.’ Danielle Laporte, The Desire Map

So, first thing, how do you want to feel?

‘Affirmations are like screaming that you’re okay in order to overcome this whisper that you’re not. That’s a big contrast to actually uncovering the whisper, realizing that it’s a passing memory, and moving closer to all those fears and all those edgy feelings that maybe you’re not okay. Well, no big deal. None of us is okay and all of us are fine. It’s not just one way. We are walking, talking paradoxes.’ Pema Chödron, Start Where You Are

Second thing, accept you may not yet really know how you want to feel exactly, and honor how you're actually feeling, right now, in this moment. Then...

Monday, May 15, 2017

How to Power Shop and Help Save Your Planet

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker



Think you can't save the world? Think again!

“Almost the whole world is asleep. Everyone you know, everyone you see, everyone you talk to. [The few people who] are awake…live in constant amazement.” (From Joe vs. The Volcano)

OK, so you can’t stop certain countries from developing nuclear weapons. Perhaps you’re not in a position to become mediator between warring religious factions. And more than likely, you won’t be the one who finally solves the “over-population vs. feed the hungry” challenge.

However…

When you go to buy, think, “Do I really need this?” Every time you make a purchase, you touch off a whole series of events that can help or hinder your community, your nation, your world, and your own life. What kind of packaging? Lots of plastic?* Non-recyclable materials? Long lists of unreadable ingredients? Made in ways that don’t contribute to sustainable agriculture? Lots of stuff to consider.

Keep in mind that the more you buy, the more likely it is you are exhausting the world’s non-renewable resources. Every little bag tie that you toss into the trash, all the throw away foodstuffs that you don’t turn into compost, the many corrosive chemicals you pour down your kitchen and bathroom drains almost everyday contribute to the erosion of the  elements that keep life thriving.

When you shop, simply pay attention. Paying attention is the way we as “small” individuals can begin cleaning up the damage we’ve been causing for generations. And none of us is exempt. We did it; it’s up to us to undo it.

Much of what you buy you don’t really need. If you can live without it, please do. Mother Earth is counting on you--and me--to be, as they say, part of the solution. You’re the key, I'm the key, whether we want to believe it or not. It's time to believe it.

Preachy? I hope so.

(*Sources say that it may take up a thousand years for plastics to break down and become reabsorbed into the environment. That’s only a guess. It may be much shorter, but more likely much longer. Today, plastics are responsible for some of the most damaging pollution in the world, particularly in the oceans. The world’s largest garbage dump, full of plastics and other refuse, floats freely in the Pacific. It is almost the size of a small continent.

It does us well to ultimately eliminate purchases packaged in plastics. It’s a challenge. And essential.)




Thursday, May 11, 2017

You Know You're a Mother When...


By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker


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You make the world go 'round, Mum!

I found this some years ago, somewhere online, by someone I know not whom. I always like to share it again each year. Only a mother understands it. Anyone else, you're just guessing! 

"You know you’re a mother when you’re up each night until 10 pm, vacuuming, dusting, wiping, washing, drying, loading, unloading, shopping, cooking, driving, flushing, ironing, sweeping, picking up, changing sheets, changing diapers, bathing, helping with homework, paying bills, budgeting, clipping coupons, folding clothes, putting to bed, dragging out of bed, brushing, chasing, buckling, feeding, swinging, playing ball, bike riding, pushing trucks, cuddling dolls, roller blading, catching, blowing bubbles, running sprinklers, sliding, taking walks, coloring, crafting, jumping rope, raking, trimming, planting, edging, mowing, gardening, painting, and walking/feeding the dog. (You might even try to handle a career at the same time.)

You get up at 5:30 am and you have no time to eat, sleep, drink, or go to the bathroom, and yet—you still manage to gain 10 pounds!"

Happy Mother's Day!